The Preliminary SAT®/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test is a co-sponsored program by the College Board and National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC).
PSAT/NMSQT stands for Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test. It's a standardized test that provides firsthand practice for the SAT Reasoning Test™. It also gives you a chance to enter National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC) scholarship programs.
The PSAT/NMSQT measures: critical reading skills, math problem-solving skills, and writing skills.
The most common reasons for taking the PSAT/NMSQT are:
- to receive feedback on your strengths and weaknesses on skills necessary for college study. You can then focus your preparation on those areas that could most benefit from additional study or practice.
- to see how your performance on an admissions test might compare with that of others applying to college.
- to enter the competition for scholarships from the National Merit Scholarship Corporation (grade 11).
- to help prepare for the SAT. You can become familiar with the kinds of questions and the exact directions you will see on the SAT.
- to receive information from colleges when you check "yes" to Student Search Service.
This year the PSAT will be given on Wednesday, October 19, 2016. Sophomores and Juniors will automatically be signed up for the test.
9th graders will need to pay $15 and register at the student store.
SAT and ACT Information
Who should register?
All junior and senior, college bound students. Juniors should register for the Spring test.
How do I register?
For the SAT and SAT Subject go to www.collegeboard.org
For the ACT go to www.actstudent.org. Registration will take about 1 hour. If you register on the web, you will need a credit card (to pay for the test) and an email address (for confirmation). You also need to create a login and password, as well as upload a picture, so do not wait until the last moment.
Which test should I take? What is the difference between the SAT and the ACT?
Both are equally accepted, last about three hours, and cost about the same, but they are formatted a little differently. The SAT has three parts: English, English Writing, and Math. The ACT has four parts: English, Math, Reading and Scientific Reasoning, as well as an optional writing portion. Students should take the Writing portion of the ACT test.
What does the SAT Subject consist of?
The SAT Subject has three parts. This test is optional and would be chosen in case you want to show mastery in a particular subject. You must now take at least two tests, preferably 3 tests, which you choose (Literature, History, Science, and Foreign Language). If you take the math, it must be Math 2C.
When should I register?
Seniors should have already taken at least one test last spring. If not, they should register for the SAT and/or ACT as soon as possible. Juniors should register for the test in the Spring on the Junior year.
What is the cost?
The SAT costs $53. The SAT Subject costs up to $84. The ACT costs about the same. If you qualify for free lunch, then you may receive a fee waiver (if you will receive a fee waiver, fill out all of the info on the computer registration and state that you will not use a waiver. This will allow you to complete the entire process. When it asks for the credit card number, click save, and then go see your counselor for the secret code).
What info will I need in order to register?
Most of the information is simply data on yourself (name, social security, address, what type of classes you’ve taken, etc…).You will need to know your school code 052390, testing center (look it up, it is not offered at Muir), and college numbers (to send the info to 4 colleges for free). You will need a digital picture, so send one to your email to be able to retrieve it.
What do I need to bring to the testing site?
Bring a valid ID, Pencils, and a calculator.
What happens if I don’t register for the test?
If you are applying to a four-year college, that college might not accept you.
2016-2017 SAT & Subject Tests
Test Date Register by
October 1, 2016 September 1, 2016
November 5, 2016 October 7, 2016
December 3, 2016 November 3, 2016
January 21, 2017 December 21, 2016
March 11, 2017 February 10, 2017
May 6, 2017 April 7, 2017
June 3, 2017 May 9, 2017
ACT Test date- 2016-2017
Test Date Register by
September 10, 2016 August 5, 2016
October 22, 2016 September 16, 2016
December 10, 2016 November 4, 2016
February 11, 2017 January 06, 2017
April 8, 2017 March 5, 2017
June 10, 2017 May 5, 2017
When registering for the ACT and SAT, you must enter your high school CEEB code number.
Blair: 052373 • CIS: 054294 • Muir: 052390 • Marshall: 052388 • PHS: 052401• Rose City: 052382